This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 20
Cold Rain & Snow, Big River, Bertha, Cassidy, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, It's All Over Now, Friend Of The Devil, Let It Grow-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad Playin' In The Band-> The Wheel-> Samson & Delilah-> Comes A Time-> Drums-> Eyes Of The World-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Playin' In The Band-> E: Johnny B. Goode
Source: SBD > ? > SHN > Cool Edit(see notes) > CDWAV > mkwact(seekable). shn encoding and patching (unkown FOB aud)by Matt Vernon
SBD > ? > SHN > Cool Edit(see notes) > CDWAV > mkwact(seekable). shn encoding and patching (unkown FOB aud)by Matt Vernon
5th of 8 shows here ('71-'82), before the Carrier Dome opened. Most of the show was officially released on Dick's #20 (which leaves off Bertha and edits a few others). Starting in '76, East Coast tours were notably tighter and uptempo, through the end of the Keith & Donna era. This is an example of the phenomenon.
First Set. Takes off with Big River. Check Billy on the crash - kind of wild, in that so-perfect way. This smoking Bertha is missing from DP20, and no complete SBD exists (but a brief AUD patch ain't no thang). Check how Bobby starts dancing around the "1" with the rhythm. It's better than the one on DP20 (from 25th). Cassidy is short, brisk. Listen to how well Bobby approaches the vox - while on rhythm - for Minglewood, sending Jer hella-active. Candyman is solid enough, and for All Over Now Jer takes an extra (also better than the one on DP20 - not absolute fire, but solid). Let it Grow is more inspired near the end. They start an unusual Johnny Cash-like riff mixed with a FotD reprise, which quickly resolves to an ace Goin' Down the Road. Crosshatched with riffs, the band wrangles to a stop with half trying to segue.
Second Set. Playin' just ain't working at all. Where the soundboard cuts (45 seconds from the end), instead of an AUD patch, DP20 quickly crossfades to The Wheel with an overlay drum-loop patch from the Playin'>Wheel segue on 10/1! The Wheel ain't working either but they get back on track for Samson ("Could be the last time") and it's one for the ages; maybe a best-of-'76. Oddly there's a full stop before the final coda, and then they just randomly (seemingly, I'm sure) launch into this noodly jam. That's the Dead magic, right freaking there. It so kicks butt. Comes a Time was better with Donna. There were only 6 in '76 (but 6/12 is best). Drums were sometimes pointless in '76. In an uptempo show like this, there's usually little room for Jer or Phil when they take off for Eyes. Jer used to yell at the drummers, but here he jumps into the deep end of the pool. He does miss some lyrics, but not a lick. Imagine! The ensuing jam is called "Orange Tango" on DP20 and it's definitely a tango! Whose idea? Phil's? Dancing in the Streets is also way uptempo. It's edited on DP20 (@2:14, 53 secs are cut, removing the second verse). The reprise into Playin' is fine, the encore cosmetic.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B
Overall = 4 Stars
Bertha - set & show start peaking here and mostly stay that way
Cassidy - compact & played tight
New Minglewood Blues - great ensemble playing
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - riffs weaved
Samson & Delilah>Jam - a best-of-'76 contender
Eyes of the World>Jam - Not best of '76 but maybe slot this in the "astonishing" category
Dancing in the Streets>Playin' - great version
SOURCES: The vernon_14355 composites Bertha perfectly, along with the rest of the show (with a glitch @ :26 in FotD). Dick's #20 has the show sans Bertha, and with edited versions of Playin', Wheel, and Dancing).
August 11, 2017 Subject:
Honey come quick with the iodine!
Very solid and upbeat 1st set.
Plenty of rockin, (Candyman & FOTD as ballads)
*****-Let it Grow>GDTRFB
with great Phil bass intro
also the GDTRFB closes with a nice jam
which almost sounds like a RAIN &SNOW reprise.
Free form 2nd set
Playing>Wheel-11 minutes of PITB to the Wheel
Jam outro Wheel was headed into Dancin'
but they hold off on it until later in the show.
*****-Jams outside of the traditional PITB
Jam after Samson more an intro for Comes a Time!
(A very focused Comes a Time)
The EYES is at full gallop from the get-go
Jam-Sort of has a Playin' feel with Tango blues kick
nice interplay between Keith and Phil.
perhaps a hint of the Walls of Jericho
could even have gone for Nobodies Fault
but unfinished business with >DANCIN'
(worst sound issue of night 2 minutes in but it is brief)
Not big on the 76 DITS remake but I do like to hear Donna Jean singing with the boys.
Good jam before final chorus
THE PITB reprise brings us full circle
Always felt the best jam shows I saw (84-93)
were anchored by free form weaving of Playin'
Johnny B Goode is a good night cap.
(Nice vocal delivery from Bobby)
Sound is overall consistent and easy on the ears.
Good night Garcia ,Keith & Weir
also great show for Phil in the mix.
August 19, 2016 Subject:
I think the official release sounds great. Its an exciting, well-done, *very* keepable '76 jaunt - all that Orange Tango stuff is instantly recognizable, and certainly the Eyes > Dancin', coupled with that searing LIG and the ongoing Playin' motif make this one a winner. Dick did right, but why not just release the entire thing? Nothing wrong with that Bertha.
September 29, 2013 Subject:
This release sounds terrible to me. Pretty good show, but the tone is all jangly, sort of jarring and unpleasant. I erased it about 4 months after buying it.